Hi everyone, Deborah and I are the fiction selectors for Wellington City Libraries and we spend a lot of time reading about, and choosing, lovely new fiction for the library.
Every few weeks we pick just a couple of books that we’ve ordered during the week that have really caught our eye and profile them here. They won’t be ’shelf ready’ as one says, but they will be due to published in the next six months and you can find them on the catalogue, available to reserve.
So, onto this week’s picks!
Diary of a mad fat girl.
If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich, you’re going to love getting to know Gracelia “Ace” Jones. Ace is a feisty, sassy Southern lady, a Stephanie Plum-type character who, along with best friends Chloe and Linda, wrecks delicious havoc righting the wrongs in small-town Bugtussle. At the end of all the high jinks – some sleuthing. a little breaking and entering, a spot of dressing up as drag queens – the sisterhood expose the lies, the double-standards and dodgy goings-on in Bugtussle, Lots of fun – let’s hope we hear more of Ace and her friends in the future!
Nun / Simonetta Agnello Hornby
If you like your historical romances to have exotic locations, depth and complexity, you’re going to want to read this book. We follow Agata Padellini, who after her father’s death, is sent by her mother into a convent to separate her from the man she loves. Agata initially accepts her fate, and we learn much about the rituals, the jealousies and the intrigue of convent life in nineteenth-century Sicily. But this is a romance, so we can be sure that Agata will find a way to break her vowels and leave the convent for true love. A predictable plot? Not entirely, and not least because her eventual true love isn’t her first love. There are twists and turns and serendipitous happenings along the way in Agata’s story to keep you turning the pages far into the night.
Arcadia / Lauren Groff.
What happens when the ideal of the rural hippy life, full of warm, hard-working people with similar ideals and living off the land, fails to fulfil its promise? Bill Stone is a little boy, being lovingly raised by Adam and Hannah in Arcadia, a commune in the western reaches of New York State. But ideals are hard to live up to, and nothing lasts forever. As the 1960s progress, Arcadia becomes a magnet for people seeking the hippy experience, inevitably bringing the drugs, political debates and influences of the counter-culture movement that eventually destroy the dream. Core members leave – but adapting to the real world is harder for some than for others. Bill himself must find his place in this changed world. Lovely writing, apparently, and highly recommended by reviewers.